The Game Sues Viacom for $20 Million Over Sexual Assault Verdict

The Game has filed a $20 million negligence lawsuit against Viacom. The rapper recently paid $7.1 million to the company following a sexual assault case in connection to his now-defunct VH1 reality show, She’s Got Game. The rapper, real name Jayceon Taylor, alleges Viacom failed to protect him against contestant Priscilla Rainey, who accused Taylor of sexually assaulting her during an “after hours date,” according to the Hollywood Reporter

In November 2016, a jury ruled in Rainey’s favor and awarded her $7.1 million. In a new complaint filed Monday in a California federal court, Taylor (the Game) argues that the network failed to ensure contestants were suitable to compete on the program. The suit alleges that Rainey passed a psychological exam during the casting process, but the doctor approved her without seeing court documents detailing her criminal past. 

The complaint states that Viacom “chose ratings over protecting the Plaintiff and others,” given that they “had knowledge of Rainey’s violent and extensive arrest history.” It also asserts that “Defendants knew, or should have known, that Rainey was Baker Acted in 2012,” referring to Florida’s Mental Health Act of 1971, which permits the involuntary institutionalization of an individual.

The lawsuit cites multiple “troublesome incidents on the show,” including “acts of intimidation, verbal abuse, as well as instances of physical violence and threats.” These allegedly included Rainey “[threatening] to cut off the hair of another contestant while she slept.”

In addition to his claims of negligence, the 1992 rapper also brought counts for negligent misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, negligent infliction of emotional distress and breach of fiduciary duty.

Representatives for Viacom and the Game declined to comment.

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